Doctor Michael Tolentino is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist fellowship trained in the treatment of all medical and surgical retinal disease and laser surgery. This includes diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular puckers, retinal tears, complex retinal detachments and retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa. Dr. Tolentino is the son of Dr. Felipe Tolentino MD, a pioneer in retinal surgery at Harvard Medical School and author of one of the first textbooks on vitreo-retinal surgery. His father's patients included, the Chancellor of Austria, King of Spain, and Presidents of the Philippines. This passion of innovation rubbed off on his 13-year-old son Michael when he began research on the use of silicone oil for the repair of retinal detachment in his father's Harvard Medical School laboratory. While attending Brown University Dr. Michael Tolentino helped develop a cataract imaging system at the National Eye Institute (NEI). In medical school at UMASS he worked at the Berman-Gund Lab at Harvard Medical School studying Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa. This background lead him to the laboratory of Dr. Judah Folkman at Harvard Medical School where he demonstrated the importance of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor(VEGF) in diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration and was the first to test and purify Avastin as an eye injection. This research was the basis for the drugs Lucentis, Eylea, Avastin and Macugen. While continuing to develop eye injections, he completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Harvard Medical School. He moved to the University of Pennsylvania for his vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Stuart Fine and Alexander Brucker. He had a joint appointment as a member of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Faculty at UPENN and ran a NEI sponsored laboratory where he invented a VEGF gene silencing molecule called Bevasiranib. He also researched the use of gene and stem cell therapy for use in retinal disease. In parallel he refined his surgical skills as one of the main ophthalmic trauma surgeons in Philadelphia and the main Veterans Administration retina surgeon for the northern mid-Atlantic region. He eventually became the director of the vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship at UPENN. After helping develop anti-VEGF medications in the laboratory, he moved to central Florida to refocus his research on the clinical development and founded one of the largest retinal clinical research centers in the world. He went on to be principal investigator in over 120 retinal clinical trials helping seven retinal therapies get FDA approval. To pursue his passion for teaching, he joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida Medical School as a Clinical Associate Professor. He continues to develop new concepts in retinal care and has given over 200 international lectures. Currently he is pioneering the use of triple carotenoid supplements and blue light protection with melanin lenses to minimize or eliminate a patient's need for eye injections. He presented this work as the Jacob Moses Lecturer at Ohio State University. The research was also presented at the Mexican Vitreo-retinal society and the Cambridge University Carotenoid Conference. He has joined The Macula Center to have the freedom to pursue both novel preventative and therapeutic research. The move will also allow him to treat patients in a caring and compassionate environment that is both state of the art, holistic and spiritually healing
I work hard to create a custom treatment experience for every one of my patients. I have been Principal Investigator in more than 120 clinical trials because I care about my patients and I am driven to find new preventative therapies, treatments and procedures for them.
I joined The Macula Center to gain more freedom to pursue both novel preventative and therapeutic research. The move will also allow me to treat patients in a caring and compassionate environment that is both state of the art, holistic and spiritually healing. Come see me today and let's put you on the paths to prevention and healing!
Dr. Tolentino's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Tolentino's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Contusion of the Eyeball
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Hypotony of Eye
Macular Degeneration, Polymorphic
Macular Dystrophy, Atypical Vitelliform
Progressive High Myopia
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cataract Removal Surgery
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
Retinal Laser Surgery
Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Florida.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
UNIV OF MA MED SCH
Medical School | Graduated 1993
Mount Auburn Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
Mass Eye & Ear Inst
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996
Scheie Eye Inst
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Tolentino has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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